Dear Lovely Legs of Mine,
The past two weeks of training have been wonderful. Yes, there have been a couple runs where I thought I was wasting my time and struggled immensely to get through them. But, I took my time, took it easy, and completed my workouts.
Sunday I had a glorious 7+ mile run on the treadmill. The treadmill itself left little to be desired. The same goes for the two televisions in my line of view. But, my breathing was on, and you felt strong. It wasn't until after 5 miles that I was starting to feel the slightest bit sore. Mind you, it was a good sore, and you were the first to remind me of that. However, you persevered and finished strong.
I took Monday off. My overall body was tired. I was exhausted, and it was probably mostly due to improper post-run nutrition Sunday. I gave you, as well as my arms, a complete rest day - no pool, no bike. You are welcome.
Yesterday I swam. You and I both know that swimming is a great upper body workout, and at most, you will become a little tired after extensive kick sessions. That was not the case this day. By no means, were you overworked.
Today, I slept in, giving you an extra 12 hours to "rest up" in preparation for a short, easy run this evening. Unfortunately, the only thing that you were able to provide me with was a short run. It was horrible, and you didn't like the fact that I was putting extra pressure on you. Forgive me, I am sorry.
What do you want from me?
I don't know if your muscles are weak, or if I am "over-using" you, or if I need to switch to new shoes. I am going to rest a few days. I do want, and need, you in tip-top shape for the half marathon in a few months and if that means me taking a few extra days away from running this early in the game, I will sacrifice that. And when I decide it is time for you and I to run, we will be trying new shoes. Maybe that tangible reward will please you.
Until then, we will be keeping ourselves busy in the pool and on the bike. This is a relationship that goes both ways. I give a little bit, and you will do the same. Right?